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Dietetic Technician- Milk/Formula Lab

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 217515

Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Dietetic Technician- Milk/Formula Lab

Work Hours:

10-hour shifts, 4 days a week, rotating weekends and holidays, 9AM-7:30PM

As a dietetic technician, you will be responsible for the preparation and delivery of all infant and pediatric formula and breast milk feeds in Duke University Hospital. Understanding of food safety and sanitation is a plus.


  • Prepare infant and pediatric formula accurately
  • Monitors breast milk inventory using Timeless Medical Software
  • Fortify specialized breast milk feedings
  • Label, deliver, and manage feeds while following hospital protocols and procedures
  • Maintain milk/formula lab supplies
  • Sanitize work areas in compliance with facility HACCP plan for enteral feedings
  • Communicate effectively with medical team
  • Assist in training of ancillary personnel, as needed

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Use of thermometers, industrial freezers, liquid measuring equipment, syringes, calculator, cart for transporting formula, Gram Scale, dishwasher
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to follow recipes accurately
  • Basic mathematics
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft excel and word
  • Ability to lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds as needed
  • Ability to stand for a prolonged period of time


Level I - High School Diploma. Enrollment in a dietetic technician program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) preferred.

Level II - Associate's degree from a dietetic technician registered program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association. 450 hours clinical experience or completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education Didactic Program in Dietetics or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP).


Level I - Active enrollment in a dietetic technician registered program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) and is in good standing & completion of the first semester of the dietetic technician program.


2 years Relevant hospital Experience preferably in food and nutrition services role.

Level II - Two years of clinical experience preferred or combination of experience and/or education.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Level I None required.

Level II Registration (DTR) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Level I Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula. Closely follow policies and procedures. Ability to work independently, with limited direct daily supervision. Work in close collaboration with pediatric dietitians.

Level II Same as level I plus demonstrated ability to successfully work with individuals of varying personalities to meet common goals (including professional staff). Basic knowledge of disease processes and nutrition care for patients in designated area. Ability to counsel patients and/or families about therapeutic/modified diets.

Knowledge of the food service department method of operation and familiarity with its leadership.

Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula.

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level


Job Level: C1

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